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Slow Crafting Tips: Petalplum Interview Part II

Last week Ellie of PetalPlum shared her thoughts on slow stitching with us. She provided insight into her slow living approach to life. She shared the value of finding joy and delight in the little things. Moreover, she shared how intentional crafting can be one way to bring more mindfulness to everyday life.

In this second part of the interview, I asked her:

“What steps would you suggest someone take if they want to start incorporating slow crafting into their lives?”

Here is Ellie’s answer.

Start Small and Simple

The first of my slowing crafting tips is that you can start where you are with what you have.

Part of my simple slow living ethos is less waste, less consumerism, less stuff. By embracing less of those things, we are able to embrace more connections, more meaning, and more use from what we already have.

So, start small, and start with what you already own. Don’t go out and buy endless expensive supplies. Slow living is about being present with what’s true right now.

Friends or relatives might have items they aren’t using that they would be happy to pass along to you.

If you do need to buy supplies, then look for deals. Buy only what you need. Op-shops or thrift stores are great places to find supplies.

How to Do Slow Stitching

Slow mindful stitching has been a wonderful way to start slow crafting. It’s worked for me and for many people who are part of my online community.

I find that knitting, crochet, and even loom weaving all have a little bit of a learning curve. However, slow stitching builds upon really basic sewing. It doesn’t have much of a learning curve.

Furthermore, the tools or materials required are generally affordable and easy to access. You need:

  • Scraps of fabric (an old sheet or dress or anything will do)
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

In other words, you probably already have what you need to start slow stitching.

I do have an online Slow Mindful Stitching video, that is available for free on my website. Many people have told me how helpful, nourishing, and almost life-changing it has been for them. It has my slow crafting tips. Plus it teaches you how to embrace the art of slow stitching.

Make Time for Slow Crafting

The only other thing that you’ll need is a little bit of time. However, you can start with just fifteen minutes per day. Hopefully, you’ll find little pockets of time here and there where you’ll want to stitch or keep on creating.

Many people say that they’ll start crafting when they aren’t so busy. However, the truth is if we want to make change happen in our lives, then we have to actively create change.

Our lives will not get less busy. We must intentionally ‘unbusy’ ourselves. Giving ourselves permission to enjoy our little moments of slow crafting is one step to begin making that change.

Therefore, one of my slow crafting tips is just to give yourself permission to take the time out of each day to do this for yourself.

Find Support in the Craft Community

Next up in my slow crafting tips is that I’d suggest you join a community of makers. You can do that online through Instagram or in person with a local guild or group.

Find inspiration and connections. However, don’t let yourself be drawn into comparisons and competition. This is a particular risk online. Be sure to unfollow anyone who makes you feel not worthy, or not good enough. Make this place your circle of positive community.

The connections made and shared through our crafts can be some of the most important in our lives. People experiencing depression, anxiety, or fears may find that meeting other crafters can offer a guide back to themselves.

Be Gentle with Yourself when Slow Crafting

When you begin, remember that you’re learning something new. It’s like when you learned to ride a bike or drive a car.

Your stitch work will probably not be perfect. That’s 100% amazingly okay.

Time is the lesson in this. It’s about patience and not aiming for perfection. Slow stitching is all about simply enjoying the process.

It’s about being in the moment. It’s not about looking towards what you should be making, but instead enjoying the sound of thread through fabric. It’s about listening to the conversations you’re having with yourself.

So, be gentle on yourself.

I think we’re all expecting so much of who we are, what we do, and what we achieve. We would never expect so much of someone else, but we expect it of ourselves.

Slow crafting can be a way to step back and say, “I need to rest. I need to fill my cup before I can fill someone else’s. Making mistakes is ok. My craft might not look like someone else’s perfect thing, and that’s okay too.”

Slow crafting can provide a way to find one small thing that we love about ourselves and to hold that tightly, to talk with that, to create with that love in mind.

If you missed Part 1 of this two-part interview, catch it here. Connect with Ellie on Instagram, on her blog, and through her Slow Living newsletter.
Slow Crafting Tips: Petalplum Interview Part II


Kathryn Vercillo

Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer who also has a Masters in Psychological Studies. Her expertise is writing at the intersection of crafts and mental health. Kathryn is the author of several books on this topic including Crochet Saved My Life.


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Vercillo, K. (2019). Slow Crafting Tips: Petalplum Interview Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/crafting/2019/03/slow-crafting-tips/

 

Last updated: 19 Mar 2019
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